Fiction Core Collection

The Fiction Core Collection database includes more than 20,000 librarian-recommended titles for a general adult audience. Highlighting the most popular and widely-read classic and contemporary works of fiction, the database covers many genres including mystery, science fiction, fantasy, Western and romance.

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At a Glance

Subject Area: Collection Development
Ideal For: Public Libraries

What are Core Collections?

For all of your collection development and maintenance, general reference and readers’ advisory needs, Core Collections (formerly H.W. Wilson's Standard Catalogs) are reliable guides to help librarians build and maintain well-rounded collections of the most highly recommended reference, non-fiction and fiction books. Learn more about Core Collections.

Available Packages:

H.W. Wilson Core Collections 3-pack:

  • Children’s Core Collection
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
  • Senior High Core Collection

H.W. Wilson Core Collections 5-pack (includes access to dedicated Core Collections Complete interface):

  • Fiction Core Collection
  • Nonfiction Core Collection
  • Children's Core Collection
  • Middle & Junior High Core Collection
  • Senior High Core Collection

Indispensable for librarians and school media specialists involved with collection development and user advisory services. Highly recommended.


Created by Librarians, for Librarians

With titles listed at three recommendation levels, Fiction Core Collection provides entries for individual novels, as well as analytic entries for novellas and novels contained in composite works. This content can be used for collection development, readers’ advisory and curriculum support.

The online version of this collection provides more content (two additional recommendation levels, supplemental and archival) to aid in selection for larger libraries and subject-level collections. It also includes features such as book review citations and excerpts, book covers, advanced searching and sorting capabilities and monthly content updates not available in print.

View the print version of Fiction Core Collection